Simple DIY Deep Conditioner for moisturised, shiny hair – Budget & Beginner friendly

Hello Queens,

The past few weeks I have tried different deep conditioners and got the easiest and fastest Deep Conditioning routine for my hair which is highly effective in retaining shine and moisture. I have type 4C hair, high porosity so my hair needs thick creams and moisturising leave ins. I’m sure you know thick, moisturising creams can be a little expensive. But if you have a good deep conditioner, it sets a base in which you can use less product, saving you products or it allows you to use less expensive products.

You can use this recipe with any deep conditioner or just a regular conditioner, but in order to retain the most moisture I recommend using a deep conditioner.

WHAT YOU’LL NEED

  • Deep conditioner / Your favourite Conditioner
  • 1-2 tablespoons Honey
  • Oils of your choice (I recommend using 2-3 oils)
  • 1 table spoon olive oil
  • 1 table spoon Pure Argan Oil / Almond Oil
  • 1 table spoon Castor Oil

Garnier Ultimate Blends is very affordable. I recommend the Banana one or the Amla & Papaya one.
+ Honey

This is the option if you do not have a deep conditioner. By using a moisturising conditioner. Using Olive oil which is a moisturising oil.


Benefits of the Products above

  • The deep conditioner will deeply moisturise and penetrate the hair
  • The honey add shine and moisturises
  • Oils:
  • Almond oil soothes and moisturises also promotes growth on slow growing hair.
  • Coconut Oil softens hair and increases shine
  • Argan Oil adds antioxidants to the hair and moisturises, nourishes
  • Olive Oil treats damaged hair and deeply moisturises

Oils benefit your scalp in many ways, it’s all about what your hair needs and your hair goal whether is health, length, repairing these are a few benefits from using oils:

  • Nourishes hair
  • Stimulates hair growth
  • Adds shine
  • Prevents dry scalp and dandruff
  • Prevents dry, dull hair
  • Helps prevent and repair heat and styling damage

Well Queens, hope you liked this post, let me know in the comments if you have tried these items to deep condition before or if you are going to try them in the comments down below. I wanted to take the time to thank you for following my blog and liking the posts. Please continue to do so, share the blog and let me know of any content you would to see.

See you soon beautiesss ❤

Easy Natural Hair Regimen for beginners ( + template)

Hola Queens,

I have created an easy to follow regimen for beginners which should guide you on how you could create yours. Feel free to adjust it to what works for you, according to your budget and time. Make sure you use products according to your Porosity. I decided not to include any products as it could fit anyones budget and this is just supposed to help you create a schedule. Below you will find a template I created and also a breakdown of the template, feel free to use it completely or just use to create your own regimen.

Week 1Week 2Week 3Week 4
Pre pooHot OilAloe vera + FenugreekCondioner + honeyHot Oil + honey
CleanseClarifying Shampoo
(optional) Clay Cleanse / AVC Rinse
(once every 4/6 weeks)
Sulfate/ Paraben free
Moisturising Shampoo
/ Co-wash
Sulfate/ Paraben free
Moisturising Shampoo / Co-wash
Sulfate/ Paraben free
Moisturising Shampoo / Co-wash
ConditionerCondition as usual
& detangle
Condition as usual
& detangle
Condition as usual
& detangle
Condition as usual
& detangle
Treatment Deep hydration Protein Deep moisturisingDeep hydration
MoisturiseUse a leave in conditioner
Apply a cream/ butter
Then seal it with oil
Use a leave in conditioner
Then seal it with oil
Apply a cream/ butter
Use a leave in conditioner
Apply a cream/ butter
Then seal it with oil
Use a spray/ leave in conditioner
Apply a cream/ butter
Then seal it with oil
StyleProtective style is the easiestBraids / twists / flat twistStyle as usualStyle as usual
Template

Phase 1: Washing and rebalance moisture

When washing your hair ensure you use warm water as cold water closes the cuticle and hot water can be harder to work with & the last rinse however should be done with cold water as it seals the hair cuticle which makes the hair stronger and full of life.

Step 1 : Pre-poo (Optional)

Every routine should start with Pre-poo. Choose your preferred method of pre-poo whether is moisturising, nourish or protein. When choosing a Pre-poo make sure it helps your problem area, for example my favourite Pre-poo is with Aloe vera leaf which is a moisturising Pre-poo as I have High-porosity and my hair gets brittle and dry.

Use this chance this detangle your hair, but do not detangle your hair if you are doing a hot oil treatment or your hair is extremely dry or needs intense case

Pre-poo is optional but I recommend it even from the beginning because it was a big game changer when I started doing it. Chick here for a post on my blog on Pre-poo if you want to know more about it. & if you want an idea of a pre-poo you can check it out here.

Step 2 : Cleanse – Shampoo

Everyone needs a shampoo whether you like a clarifying shampoo or a moisturising shampoo, make sure to include one in your regimen. Use a Sulfate free shampoo as Sulfate strips the moisture and natural oils from the scalp which makes hair look dull and frizzy and can irritate the scalp making it itchy. Check a few of my favourite shampoos here

You should cleanse your hair deeply, once a month or every 6 weeks to ensure the scalp is thoroughly clean. As you can see I have added that to the first week. You can do that with a Apple Cider Vinegar cleanse or a Clay rinse or simply by using a clarifying shampoo. Click here if you want more information

How often you wash your hair depends on the your porosity level but for me I wash my hair once a week. If you need to wash your hair more than once a week then maybe you should consider Co-Washing the hair. Co-washing is when you wash your hair with a conditioner which is less harsh than a shampoo. Lastly, I recommend clarifying your scalp once a month.

Phase 2: Replenishing the Moisture

Step 3 : Conditioner

After you have stripped away the moisture and oils you will need to replenish your hair, make sure to a moisturising conditioner. Do not be shy when it comes to the conditioner and use as much as your hair needs.

Use this to also detangle your hair if you haven’t done so, take your time to detangle and try and finger detangle to reduce breakage.

Step 4 : Deep Conditioner

Every week you should deep condition your hair, however, its important to ensure your hair is getting all the nutrients it needs. Your hair needs both protein and moisture, you need to create a schedule that ensures these are balanced on your hair.

In general you should use protein every 4-6 weeks, however if your hair needs more protein use it more often than that. Remember to follow a schedule, its easy to want to try different deep conditioning recepis, but remember to stick to a regimen for minimum 3 months to see wonderful results.

Phase 3 : Hydrate & Style

Step 5 : Moisturise

You need to ensure your hair is protected and moisturised for the next few days, the best thing is for your to deeply moisturise your hair on wash day and during the week all you’d have to do is maintain the moisture. You should do this with damp (not wet) hair. There are 2 methods you can follow:

  • LOC ( Liquid, Oil, Cream)
  • LCO ( Liquid, Cream, Oil )
  • You have to find out what works better for your hair.

LCO method , You will use a Liquid/spray is used to hydrate the hair, then you can follow it up with a cream which will moisturise the hair and then an Oil to seal the moisture in and your hair can be moisturised for longer.

LOC method, you use a liquid often water based, and then follow it with an oil to prevent too much moisture and product to just sit on the hair and then you can follow it up with a cream to ensure you are moisturising your strands.

Remember to out Black Castor Oil on your scalp and massage it.

Step 6: Style

You need to put your hair in a protective style such as braids, twists or flat twists and ensure it isn’t pulling on your hair or its a hairstyle which is uncomfortable to sleep in at night. For certain hairstyles you might want to use a gel or edge control.


Hope you like this post Queens. Let’s talk in the comments:

Do you have a detailed hair regimen? If so, then what is a step you cannot skip if you do not have much time? A step I cannot skip is Pre-poo, honestly I would choose pre-poo over deep condition, or I would just deep condition with heat if I don’t have much time. Also I will be posting detailed posts about each topic, but I have already done so for a few of the topics so have a look at those.

That’s it Queens, remember we are oiling our scalp, moisturise our skin and prioritising happiness all 2021 !

Welcome back Queens!

Hey Queens ( hope yall missed me, cos I was dying to get back)

Honestly, I didn’t mean be MIA for this long, but it became one of those things that went from one week to one month, and then I was just finding excuses not to blog which really was my anxiety kicking in, as I was afraid to come back. I have to be honest with you. The Lenalogy is a place I’ve created to write about whatever I wanted to, it was my safe space to write about anything and it was about overcoming my anxiety and just going for what I want.

What has been going on in my life?

  1. I got a new job which took all my time and changed my routine, It became really hard to manage my time effectively, I did not have time to workout, to make my smoothies, and as you know I did not have time to be active on social media or wordpress.

2. I moved out of my moms apartment, YAY. I’m so excited and happy about this, but I finally got my first apartment and I am loving it. Furniture shopping is stressful, very stressful but I want to post a few tips and share my experience so far and give updates of my home, is this something that you would be interested?

3. This lockdown & trying to remain positive with everything going around me, and the changes. From not being able to go out, during my favourite time of the year which is Christmas to having weekly C19 testing at my workplace but also being worried about my family and friends. It has not been easy for neither of us. I was very demotivated to do anything, but finally I have dedicated time to doing what makes me happy.

4. My hair has been struggling with all these changes in my life, it was dry and brittle and honestly it was lifeless. But now we are in this journey together to try all the hair remedies, diy and tips and tricks to beautiful moisturised hair.

Future plans

I created this blog to be about everything and anything that makes me Me! I really want to post more things than just natural hair in here. I hope you guys enjoy it.

I want to take the time to thank you, for still following me here and not giving up on me. Thank you Queens. ❤

Let’s oil our scalp, moisturise our skin and prioritise happiness all 2021, sis !

First time trying Chebe

Hola Queens,

Last post was a beginner friendly explanation to Chebe – which you can access here.

I kept seeing chebe powder everywhere – instagram, youtube, facebook and even here on wordpress. I kept seeing it so much I decided to do further research into these herbs. Everything about Chebe sounded good to me and I purchased it from amazon. I read all the benefits and how the Chadian women use it and the results made me want to try it .

I regret not taking pictures or filming this process because it was a messssssssssss & I was over taking pictures !

Part 1 – Application

I had already seen videos on how to apply it, so i sectioned a part of my hair and as I put the oil on my hair and i reach out for the chebe, I realise the horrible smell it had. It smells like burnt herbs, literal charcoal that was burnt and kept in a bag. I do not know if its the Chebe i purchased but the smell was bad.

After trying to apply the chebe the traditional way , there was way too much fall out on my body and floor and the smell was slowly creeping in to the point I had to light some candles and spray some body spray on myself because it was becoming unbearable.

I began looking for a youtube video that showed clearly how to apply the chebe as I wanted to find a different method to apply the chebe. I came across a video where this youtube had left the chebe on her hair for 6 months, and I said ” Hell noooo” – I cannot leave it on my hair for more than 2 weeks.

I started giving up and really thinking about the fact that I had to pre-poo, shampoo + conditioner + deep conditioner & that process was already long and now I have spent 30 minutes trying to make this work – my motivation was falling.

Application – Round 2

So after taking a break of 2 hours and contemplating if I really wanted to try out Chebe, I decided I needed to try it at least once.

I decided to make a paste, since that would be better to apply and there would be less fall out of my body & floor. The paste consisted of olive oil, coconut oil, aloe vera juice, little bit of honey and of course chebe powder.

After making the paste, I now decided to cut a plastic bag and put it underneath my chair so it can catch all the fall out as I realised my carpet starting picking up the smell.

I began by applying the Shea Moisture JBCO Leave-in followed up with the paste, which I applied by pressing on the hair and sliding down and topping it up with a lil more oil and then began braiding my sections. As I would braid the chebe was falling out, all over my body, my floor my clothes. So I recommend using an old tee you do not really care about.

Part 2 – The real challenge

After finishing up all the braids and cleaning up, I oiled my scalp so finish the look. I realised you could proper see the Chebe powder, and my hair looked ” dirty”. I have never used a wig and I usually rock my natural protective hairstyles such as braids and twists most of the time but this time I did not feel comfortable at all.

Long story short, I put a bandana around my hair covering most of my hair but despite all of that as soon as my mom saw me she said ” what do you have on your shoulders & back?” followed by ” theres something on your hair”. Pretty much I had excessive fallout on my clothes and it was very visible that I had something on my hair which made me feel uncomfortable. The fallout continued for the next 2 days but then it stopped and you could also barely see the chebe on my hair, so I thought all the chebe fell out -so I was bummed that everything fell out because I have a looooot of fall out right.

Lets not forget about the smell that lingered, its a musky “my hair is dirty” type of smell, which I had to spray my hair with Imbue Curls – Leave in Spray which smells amazing + apply a cream pretty much everyday.

Part 3 – Taking it down – the nightmare

After keeping the Chebe on my braids for 6 days, I just had to take it out, my hair was due for a good wash. As I was taking it out it felt like I opened a bag a of chebe and spilt it over me, the amount of fall out I had was immense. The smell had gotten worse, and it was sticky and I was trying to take it out as fast as possible however I had to set the plastic bag underneath my chair and put a plastic over my shoulder so it would not touch and stick to me.

Let me just say I hated every part of this, I shampoo’d my hair about 3-4 times, twice on friday and then shampoo’d it twice on saturday & GUESS WHAT SIS? I still had Chebe in my hair and falling out of it and it got stuck to my tangle teezer and was very hard to clean up.

Bottom Line – Would I try it again?

I personally think this would be hassle free if you wear wigs, so putting the chebe under the wigs and not having to deal with all the fall out and the smell. It has a pungent smell & your scarf + bonnet & pillow will pick up the scent. Also a week later I washed my hair and despite pre-pooing and detangling my hair, I still had chebe on my hair after the shampoo & mask stage.

I am up to trying it again, if Im spending the whole week home or not going anywhere or maybe if I had someone do my hair because I think for the stress and clean up I had to do, I do not think it’s worth it.

Let me know if you have any recommendations for me or any tips because I still have some chebe herbs left over and I am open to try it again if it is a smooth process. I’m thinking of using it to make a chebe oil, leave in or even a mask.

Also there are so many ways to protect your hair, and help it grow and become stronger that I think the hassle I get from chebe isn’t really worth it.


Thank you for reading this post Queens, comment and let me know what you think of posts like these where I tell my own experience with a specific product or powders. If you would prefer shorter posts.

Adios Slay Queens,

Introduction to Chebe

Chebe Powder, The Long Kinky Hair Secret from Africa

Hola Queens ( oh how i missed saying that ),

I have been trying different things with my hair in the month of July. I think there is so many methods and different treatments from different parts of the world. Have you heard of Chebe Powder before?

Have you been curious about trying Chebe? Want to try it on but you don’t know where to start?


What is Chebe?

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Chebe is mix of herbs created by Chadian Women. The mixture is made of Lavender Groton ( which is grown everywhere in africa), Cloves, Reisin Tree, Cherry seeds, Prunus Mahaleb – which these are known to aid to hair growth, thickness and moisture retention. Chebe lengthens the hair making the hair look longer and fuller.

Chadian have been able to grow their hair below their bum and they claim is the chebe powder and their application that keep them locks growing. When I was doing my research on Chebe, the results kept me shoooook, and all I could think about was ” I need to start this ASAP”.

Chebe Powder Hair Growth Powder Plus Indian Gooseberry – S and M Desirables  Apparel

Chebe is not applied to the scalp but rather the hair since it is a potent mix of herbs and it might irritate the scalp, it is applied on the hair itself to nourish the locks. Chebe works better when tucked away in a low manipulation style aka braids/twists. I prefer braid as it keeps everything in and its neater.


Benefits

Length Retention
Balances the Ph of hair shaft
Moisture Retention
Contains Anti Inflamatory Properties
Reduce Shedding

Hair growth

Chadian woman have long, black and thick hair using this method, but if Chebe is not supposed to be applied on the scalp, how can it promote hair growth?

Our hair is always growing, and what most of us struggle with is length retention. Applying the chebe to the hair and tucking it on braids, it keeps the hair protected even if the hair is in contact with cotton or other harsh fabrics. Which puts less stress on the ends of our hair, which will keep them moisturised and healthy. The ends of our hair need to be taken care of on a daily basis.

Chebe powder is used by thousands of people worldwide who attest to helping their hair retain lengths and get thicker.


Traditional Application

Only 2 products needed : Chebe Mix, Oil/Grease & Water. Traditionally use Karkar oil.

  • Separate the hair into medium sections.
  • Get the hair wet with water – ensuring the hair is not soaking wet but wet enough for the cuticles to be open. Detangle that section.
  • Alternating between the chebe and the oil/grease until the hair is fully saturated and braid the section of hair.
  • Repeat in all sections.
  • Apply the water in the hair to lock it off
  • Repeat set 3 every 3-5 days until the hair is due for a wash.

Modern/Easier Application

There are a few application that makes it easy for modern day application of chebe powder. Most of us live in a city and have jobs, and Chebe can make your hair look like its dirty.

I recommend these applications if you have never tried Chebe Powder before, since it’s an introductory level and all natural recipes and it will not be overwhelming for you.

Chebe Paste
  • In a bowl mix chebe powder, deep conditioner, preferred oil and preferred grease.
  • Spray hair with water and detangle
  • Apply to the hair and braid
Chebe overnight mask

There are many different combinations you can do for a chebe mask. Whatever you have at home, what ever your hair needs at the time you can use Banana, Avocado, Honey, Oils, Aloe Vera Gel, Egg, and Chebe Powder. Use all or use selected ingredients and blend it. Your hair will feel stronger and softer – extremely soft

Chebe butter

Chebe butters have become a much easier and neater way to apply Chebe, benefit from the properties but still have your hair look nice whilst having it on.

Chebe, Shea Butter/Mango Butter + Coconut Oil or/and Olive Oil


Have you ever used chebe ? How was your experience ? – Let me know in the comments

Will you try it? Or are you skeptical? I want to know your thoughts. I will be trying out chebe the traditional way and seeing if my hair improves from it.

Adios Queens ❤

My 5 favourite Shampoos

Hola Queens,

Since being Natural, I have tried many different shampoos, some that I loved straight away, other I hated straight away & a few that I loved initially and then was a nightmare for my hair. I think all of us naturalistas have had shampoos that stayed in the bathroom for the longest time and we only used when we ran out of the good shampoos.

A year ago you’d ask me if the brand or type of shampoo matters & I’d tell you it does not! You could use the cheapest shampoo as long as you follow it up with a good conditioner and/or deep conditioner and you are good to go, your hair is going to replenish all the nutrients and nourish the hair. Ohh How I was wrong ..

To be honest with you, there was not 1 type of shampoo I had tried that my hair “loved”, everything just did the job of cleaning my hair & would make hair tangled, rough and extremely dry. There were shampoos I hated and I would not use again but as far as my go-to shampoo? It was none existent. How many of my Queens can agree with me?

As far as I was concerned all these shampoo that claimed to moisturise and hydrate and make it easier to detangle were all lies. This is why I turned to Pre-poo, it was the only thing that helped my hair still be alive after shampooing.

These shampoos have changed my outlook on shampoos and changed my wash day routine and made it much easier. Here are my favourite shampoos which all of them are Sulfate free & are not in any particular order:

1. Shea Moisture – Manuka Honey & Mafura Oil

Hands down my favourite shampoo. It cates to dry, damaged hair. It is a thicker shampoo which replenishes and rejuvenates from root to tip. Detangling will not be an issue with this shampoo. This is my go-to shampoo if I do not want to Pre-poo. It is the only shampoo that will not tuck, pull on my knots.

This shampoo can be a little more pricier than other shampoos mentioned but if you find it on any promotion, don’t think about it. Grab it and watch your hair thank you.

  • I recommend this for colder months or if your hair is in desperate need of moisture and life. You can purchase it here

2. Creme of Nature Clay & Charcoal

It was not until last year when I tried the Creme of Nature Charcoal Shampoo, that i had realised the are shampoos that cleanse but also make hair much more manageable & soft. This shampoo was a big changer for my hair. It did everything it said it would do .

It gently cleanses the hair and control frizz. This is the Bomb specially for the price. If you are on a budget, just get this shampoo. – You can purchase on amazon here

3. Shea Moisture – Jamaican Black Castor Oil

Jamaican Black Castor Oil reduces scalp irritation by fighting inflammation with its fatty acid properties. Promotes overall healthy hair by thickening the hair follicles and promote hair growth.

Peppermint oil increases circulation on the scalp which promotes hair growth. & Apple Cider Vinegar cleanses and helps regulate and balance the scalps pH levels.

I can’t tell you how much my hair loves this product. I keep this one in my room to ensure nobody else is finishing it up hehehe. – I mean who wouldn’t? – You can purchase it here

4. Imbue – Curl Liberating Sulphate Free Shampoo

I love this shampoo. It says it will unleash coils from the daily grime without leaving them parched and it did just that. My hair was manageable after using this shampoo and it was moisturised. The shampoo has Coconut Oil which promotes healthy scalp & minimises split ends which helps length retention. It also includes Cupuaçu Butter which is extremely moisturising which improves hair elasticity.

” It’s not about controlling kinks, curls and coils; it’s about liberating them” – and boy my hair was definitely liberated, my kinks loves this vegan + cruelty free. You can purchase it here

5. Creme of Nature Aloe Vera & Black Castor Oil Shampoo

You know I love Aloe Vera and I swear by it. My hair changed when I started incorporating regular use of Aloe Vera. Hence why I had to try this collection. I love this shampoo, a little goes a long way and for someone like me that shampoos twice, it’s very cost effective.

This shampoo promises to cleanse, detangle and restore moisture. Aloe Vera retains moisture and make it easier to detangle and the Black Castor Oil has strengthening properties which will fortify the hair and promote growth and length retention.

Bottom Line

It is important to change your hair routine every 2-3 months, change up the products so they still work and your hair is not used to it. I alternate between these shampoos depending on what my hair needs.

If you are using a shampoo that makes your hair rough, extremely tangled and hard to manage then your search for the perfect shampoo still stands.

Thank you for reading this post Queens, comment down below and let me know:

What is your favourite shampoo?

Have you tried any of these shampoos?

Adios Queens<3 & I hope you hair an amazing start of the week.

I’m never doing the rubber band method !

Hola Queens,

How are you beautiful Queens & Kings (we welcome every)?? It has been about 2 weeks since my last post, & I gotta say life got busy. I have been missing blogging so much, I have only had this blog up for 6 weeks and I have missed writing, interacting with the Queens.

Today I want to tell you about my most recent experience with Rubber bands & putting my hair in tight styles and the outcome of it.

During these 2 weeks that I did not log into WordPress I was undergoing a lot of stress which started off with me spending over 8 hours to do Shoulder length Passion Twists. I watched about 10 videos giving out tutorials on how to make this hairstyle & everyone kept saying it took them 2-4 hours & it is the easiest style for beginners, since I wanted to try something new with my hair and I knew I was going to be busy I decided to put my hair in a protective style. I had to use the rubber band method, in order to keep the parts as neat as possible. Through this experience I learned that my hair does not like rubber bands, not for long periods of time.

Rubber bands provides a tight grip to the hair which is really good for a neat look, but it pulls too hard on the hair, and if you are not removing correctly it can cause major breakage, I removed it by simply grabbing a part of the rubber band and putting a finger through it and ensure there is not any hair on that part, and cutting it with scissors. I did not have much breakage during the take down process. I got more breakage from just laying down as the rubber bands were too tight & it was uncomfortable. Just laying my head down would hurt, I felt like my hair was ripping off my head.

My hair was under a lot of stress as you could see. On the first night I had to get up in the middle of the night and apply my oil mix and gently massaging it into my hair & that helped a little but I continued Oiling my scalp twice a day for the first 4 days and massaging for around 10 minutes.

On the second morning when I woke up, I realised I had an ongoing pain on certain parts of my hair, on the last row on the back on my hair and the sides around my ears it was completely sore, and painful whenever I moved or touched it. I had blisters on my scalp. I quickly began my search on how to fix this problem – I did not have time to remove my Passion Twists and do a treatment on my hair due to work & other responsibilities I was committed to.

I ended up making a little mixture with coconut oil, castor oil, my DIY aloe vera oil, rosemary + tea tree + lavender essential oils. I also would add aloe vera gel directly on the blisters & sores. This saved my scalp. I also removed the 4 twists on my hair, 2 on each side (the ones around the perimeter of my head next to my ear) and I tried re-twisting it with the rubber band again but looser than I originally had done but my hair was not having it so I just ended up twisting it just with my hair.

Keep in mind before I installed these twists, I did a full treatment on both my hair & scalp with an Aloe Vera Prepoo & Rice water after shampooing and conditioning + creme of nature honey mask which my hair loves. My hair was nourished & moisturised as I was putting it away in this protective style, so I know the fault was on the rubber bands. I also applied olive oil to the rubber bands so they would not tug on my hair as much – that clearly did help.

The sores went away 2 days after that, and I was sleeping peacefully & I kept nourishing my hair through the 2 weeks I had this hairstyle for.

Now Queens I want to know if this has ever happened to you? Have you ever had blisters due to tight hair styling? If so, what remedies do you use on your scalp to soothe your scalp? Hope you enjoyed this post

I do not what to stay away from blogging like I have. I will have more content coming up for you.

Adios beautiful Queens ❤

this is a little video of me the same day I had done my passion twists. The calm before the storm

Cleansing your hair

Hola Queens,

In the next few post we will be exploring the topic of cleansing your hair, I will be addressing some of your concerns when it comes to properly cleansing your hair.

Why should you cleanse your hair?

On my last post I’ve mention that our skin produces sebum & depending on a few of the factors your scalp can be dry, oily, normal or combination.

The more time you spend without washing your hair, the more sebum will have accumulated on your scalp and start spreading to your hair. That combined with the product build-up such as creams, oils, edge control, gels + going outside your hair will be dirty, greasy & smelling bad (Thanks to these fruit smelling conditioners my hair never smells bad, it would just have an off smell). You will need to cleanse your hair!

When you have not washed your hair for so long, in order for the products to efficiently work you’d need to have a clean hair to allow the product to work at his best.

Also, your hair needs water & most people only put water on their hair when they are washing their hair. Water is important for the scalp, for everything really.

How can you cleanse your hair efficiently?

Shampoo

The most accessible and common way to wash your hair. Shampoos clean by stripping all dirt, oils, build up from hair even natural oils. There are different types of shampoo to tackle different scalp/hair needs:

  • Dandruff control
  • Strengthening
  • Clarifying
  • Moisturising
  • Oil Control
  • Coloured Hair
  • Ph Balanced

Co-Wash

Term used very often in the natural hair community, it means that you are a using a conditioner to cleanse your hair. Conditioners nourishes & moisturises the hair. It’s a less harsh than a conditioner & I would opt for this if you wash your hair several times a week.

Clarifying Rinse

Using Apple Cider Vinegar to clarify your hair. Your scalp will feel squeaky clean and fresh. Any type of clarifying method should be use sparingly, I recommend every 4-6 weeks.

Clay Wash

Using clay to cleanse your hair. I will make a separate post about this & my experience with it.

How often should you wash your hair?

You can cleanse whenever you want, only you know how your hair is and feels and know what feels best for your hair. The texture of your hair + scalp type will tell you how often you will prefer to wash your hair. I do not recommend washing your hair everyday as your scalp natural oils are good for your hair & depending on your method of cleansing it can be too strong and strip the natural oil and cause breakage.

For years I have been saying that washing my hair is an event & I cannot remember if I ever washed my hair more than once a week – it’s very time & water consuming. But also it works for my hair, my dry scalp needs the natural oils & sebum + I have high porosity which my hair absorbs the products.

Thank your for reading this post, if you have any questions comment down below

Adios Queen ❤

Why is important to know your scalp type?

Hola Queens,

On my last post we went through the scalp types and their characteristics. But how do we properly take care of our scalp type? There are 3 main reasons why it is important to know your scalp type:

  1. What shampoo to use

Do you ever get confused on which shampoo to buy, not knowing if you need a strengthening or moisturising shampoo ? Or have you ever notice how some shampoos can make your hair so stiff & hard to manage? Well, buying the wrong shampoo can be costly to the scalp & could be making your hair problem even worse. Here’s what I recommend for the different scalp types:

  • Oily scalp – an oil control shampoo could make the total difference for this hair type. Use a clarifying shampoo & Apple Cider Vinegar rinse once a month is necessary for this hair type. Make sure to use conditioner only on your hair and not on your scalp.
  • Dry scalp – a gentle, hydrating shampoo free of Sulfate & Parabens is your best friend. Infuse some oil into your shampoo to make it more moisturising. Co-washing might be your best friend. I opt for a moisturising shampoo instead of co-washing – I need my scalp to be completely cleannnn !
  • Combination – oil & product build up could irritate your scalp, so oil control shampoo such as a clarifying shampoo which also soothes is your best bet.
  • Normal Scalp – you can get away with everything. I would recommend switching shampoos every now and then & go for Ph balanced shampoos

It is important to read the label of shampoos to know the ingredients. Ensuring there are no parabens or sulfate as an ingredient of the shampoo.

2. Products your scalp & hair like

Knowing which products your scalp can handle such as oils & scalp moisturising or strength.

Jamaican Black Castor Oil is very thick and dry types would appreciate whereas Jojoba oil is very light, and normal scalp types could benefit from it. Oily types could also benefit from it but I would recommend a butter mix rather than just oils. Knowing which oils works for your hair & your scalp is as important as knowing which ones to stay away from.

I have dry scalp hence why I oil my scalp every other day & I moisturise my hair scalp with leave in other days

3. Lifestyle awareness

I’m sure you have heard people saying ” I drunk a lot of water water & my hair grew ” or ” i’ve made change to my diet & my hair has been thriving” & you probably thought ” yeah right “. I don’t necessarily think its just them being healthy or a change of diet or drinking more water alone. Implementing a good nutrition & lifestyle + a good hair regimen will have your hair & scalp thriving.

I have always heard for dry scalp I should drink water – girrrrllll, I have been drinking 2 litres of water everyday for the past 8-10 years& nothing had changed so I had to change my diet, & whenever I have a healthy diet – I can see changes to my skin, nails, hair & my scalp.

What health approach should you have for your scalp types:?

Oily Scalp – Reduce the amount of processed foods you eat, and maintain a healthy diet low in sugars and carbohydrate.

Dry Scalp – Ensure you are drinking enough water & maintaining a healthy diet. Exercise often.

Normal Scalp – What you are doing is working, I advise you to continue doing what you doing.

Conclusion

Understanding your scalp & hair needs, will help you get the best out of your hair regimen, out of your products and your coin. Hair care is not only the products that you put in your hair. But your overall lifestyle & dietary choices can affect your hair & be working against your hair goals.

Thank you for reaching the end of this post Queens. I have a few questions for you all:

  • Do you massage your scalp regularly?
  • Would you like me to recommend shampoos for each scalp type?
  • Do use more fresh produce on your hair or do your eat it ??

Adios Queens ❤

Scalp Types

Scalp Types

Hola Queens, how is the week going for y’all ? My week has been interesting to say the least, the July Self Care challenge has really been a challenge for me. Who knew meditating would be so difficult? Anyways, I hope the challenge is going better for you than hows been for me.

As I am doing my beginner series, my next topic is cleansing your hair aka shampoos. I realise you cannot use any shampoo without understanding your scalp type. It is not spoken of enough, but knowing your scalp type is as beneficial as knowing your porosity type.

Growing up I would always hear that “the condition of your hair is a reflection of the state of your scalp” & I overlooked this for several years. I would use shampoos that would make my scalp dry & my solution was to replenish my hair with plenty oils. My scalp would be flaky & have scabs from years of burn scalp due to relaxers and I never took the time to repair my scalp – I only focused on ensuring my hair was healthy. This explains why my scalp was always dry, my hair would be brittle which lead to excessive dandruff. Taking proper care of your scalp is a MUST !

Let’s get to it.

Sebum production is natural and very important as it adds strength, moisture and lustre to the tresses. Your scalp type could change overtime and the factors to that could be:

  • Genetics
  • Diet – Health & Lifestyle, Water Consumption
  • Health Problem
  • Blood Circulation
  • Stress
  • Hormonal Change
  • Alcohol & Drug use

What are the different Scalp Types ?

  • Dry

Keywords: dehydrated, frizzy, dull hair , flakes & scabs on the scalp, itchy

Dry scalp comes from a lack of natural moisture, sebum is not producing as regular due to chemicals, damage to the scalp or even excess exposure to pollution. Replenishing your scalp hydration is imperative as the lack of it can cause skin to dry out and create flakes. My scalp is dry & that is why it loves grease so much.

  • Normal

Keywords : manageable, shiny, supple, balacend ph levels,

Normal scalp is the healthiest & it is quite easy to manage the hair, it is not overly dry or oily and can style easily with least amount of products. Normal scalp types can get a little dryer than usual in the winter & a little oilier than usual in the summer, but nothing too crazy

  • Oily –

Key words : greasy, limp, lank, pimples on forehead, oiled scalp

Oily hair usually means that the sebaceous glands are overactive & product excess sebum which leads to excess oil just sitting on top of your scalp, dirty hair quicker & pimples on your forehead.

  • Combination – dry ends & oily roots

Keywords : dry ends, oily roots, split ends,

Combination scalp type can be one of the hardest to deal with. There is over produced oil on the scalp that gets blocked at the root leaving ends dry which leads to split ends and easy breakage. Your hair can be oily on some days, and dry on other days and it could have a combination of oily but rough – How is that possible?

You can find out what your scalp type is by the way your scalp behaves on day 2/3 after wash day. Pay close attention as it will tell you if your scalp over produces sebum or it does not produce enough.

See you on my next post where we will be looking at the importance of knowing or being aware of your scalp type. Hope you guys like this post.

Question : Do you know your scalp type? & do you buy products to cater to your scalp?

Adios Queens ❤